Facebook Thought Police
A Digital Iron Curtain
A Digital Iron Curtain has descended over the Internet. So says investigative journalist Daniel Greenfield. Totalitarians always promise free elections, free speech, and a free press until they get all the power. Then, all that is eliminated “for your own good.”
The promise of the Internet was the free flow of information. Facebook promised us free speech before we made them among the richest people in the world. Before billions of people got hooked on their product. And before President Trump was elected.
Today Facebook is in the surveillance business, and in the business of social engineering, defined as “an attempt to manage social change and regulate behavior through psychological manipulation.”
They have become the Stasi of the Internet, sending people to prison for saying the ‘wrong’ thing. It has made itself legislator, judge, jury and executioner of Thought Crimes.
Senator Al Franken said: “No company should have the power to pick and choose which content reaches consumers and which doesn’t. Facebook, Google, and Amazon, like Internet Service Providers, should be neutral in their treatment of the flow of lawful information and commerce on their platform.”
Facebook is Awesome
Facebook is awesome in many ways. Countless old friends have found each other. Lonely people can have some social interaction. We can all stay abreast of births, deaths, graduations, weddings, and funerals. We can find customers and show everybody the slideshows of our vacation and photographs of our grandkids. We can find strangers who share our interests, be it hobbies, music, jokes, politics, or religion.
2.5 billion people use Facebook. It has become the new Public Square for the World. It is, in many cases, how we buy and sell; how we learn and teach; how we communicate with our family and friends; and how we find out what is going on in the world. But Facebook has turned against Free Speech and now engages in censorship. It has become Big Brother and the Thought Police. It seems bent on killing our Freedom to Speak the Truth.
The Election of President Trump
After the election of President Trump, Democrats were struck with Trump Derangement Syndrome: Blind hatred of President Trump, and his supporters, by those who preach tolerance. It is, tragically, a psychotic hatred that has driven them insane, the legal definition of which is “being unable to distinguish right from wrong.”
Facebook came under intense pressure, even from Barack Hussein Obama, to join the Democrats in what they deem the ‘Resistance,’ a revolutionary movement to overthrow our government if possible, but if that fails to make it impossible for the duly elected administration to govern, and to ensure Democrats win all future elections.
Mark Zuckerberg agreed that Facebook would help out, first by using algorithms, with the immediate result of a 45% drop of engagement by American citizens on President Trump’s Facebook posts. Next would come deleting accounts of conservatives, the use of Facebook Jail, Shadow Banning, News Feed manipulation, and employing the use of leftist ‘fact checkers.’ More algorithm changes followed, to enforce ‘community standards,’ eliminate ‘hate speech,’ and stop the spread of ‘misinformation,’ which quickly dropped traffic to established conservative websites by 15%.
Zuckerberg testified to Congress that Facebook “would remain content neutral,” but one week later he told far left-wing extremist groups that he would welcome their input to decide who and what to censor. The subsequent removal of links to pages with which Facebook does not agree has resulted in a 93% decrease in traffic to conservative news since President Trump won the election.
In the 2018 election, Facebook sent messages encouraging people to “get out and vote” but the messages were only sent to certain demographics – those most likely to vote for Democrats.
The sharing of information, knowledge, and wisdom within your sphere of influence is a powerful thing. 67% of Americans get their news from social media. Facebook has determined to diminish the influence of conservative thought, speech, and ideas. It has decided to discriminate against people who hold a worldview different from that of the Left. They have decided to use their platform to manipulate public opinion.
14% of Americans say that they have changed their minds about a belief they held because of what they read on Facebook. That is enough of a percentage to flip most elections. And get this: Those who most easily change their minds are in the Democrat demography. Among those under age 30, nearly a third have changed their minds about a social or political issue because of what they learned from Facebook. And among Blacks and Hispanics of all ages about 20%.
Facebook Becomes a Publisher
Mark Zuckerberg stated many times that Facebook was “a platform for all ideas.” But now they are making editorial decisions, and that makes them a publisher. It is an important distinction because Facebook has always claimed to be a neutral platform, and denied being a publisher. That matters because publishers fall under a different set of laws.
A social media platform is supposed to “offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse,” according to the U.S. Congress. As Congressman Matt Gaetz says, “If Facebook claims to be a neutral platform, it cannot continue to limit conservative content; if Facebook claims to be a publisher, it will lose its legal immunity under section 230 of the Communications Act. They simply cannot have it both ways.”
You can bet that if Facebook were routinely censoring the views of ‘progressive’ leftists there would be riots in the streets.
Princeton Professor Robert George writes: “Ordinary authoritarians are content to forbid people from saying things they know or believe to be true. Totalitarians insist on forcing people to say things they know or believe to be untrue.”
Hate is the favorite word of the Left, defined as “anything said or written against our ideology.” Facebook now punishes people for ‘Hate Speech,’ which it has decided is anything written that MIGHT offend or insult members of ‘protected groups.’ It would take a lot of space to list all the ‘protected groups’ so let’s just say everyone in the world except White Christian Men.
Under Facebook ‘community standards,’ blasphemy and sacrilege are fine. It is fine to say President Trump is a racist (which is worse than being called a child molester these days), his supporters are bigots, his black supporters are Uncle Toms, his Hispanic supporters are race traitors, and anyone who thinks America should have borders “hates brown people.” Even though none of those things are true.
It is fine to mock Jesus, ridicule the Body of Christ, call the Gospel a “fairy tale,” and the Holy Bible “a stupid bronze age book for fools.” These are not violations to Facebook. Even overtly expressed hatred for white people is fine, as in “I hate white people and wish they would all just die.”
Even expressing dreams of the president being assassinated are fine. It is OK to express support for Socialism—an ideology that has already murdered 100,000,000 innocent souls—but its Facebook Jail if you hurt someone’s feelings that is in a protected group.
The reason for this is that only those defined as ‘oppressors’ are slated for punishment. This is a new version of Marxism (godless socialism), recast as the struggle for power not among classes but among identity groups (grievance groups).
Under this scheme the most privileged millionaire can still be a victim as long as not a White Christian Male. Meanwhile, even the poorest SOB in the country is still guilty of having ‘white privilege.’ Individual guilt, virtue and responsibility has been replaced by collective guilt, virtue and responsibility. Individual freedom goes by the boards as identity politics reveals its totalitarian nature and creates a culture of vengeance.
Facebook has blocked advertising for Pro-Life movies, stories, and causes. It banned the Declaration of Independence as ‘hate speech.’ And they are just getting started.
Zuckerberg says he is going to start clamping down on what conservative Christians say “even if it doesn’t actually violate our standards.”
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has invited the atheist communist ACLU – and 90 other far left wing groups - to “audit” the content on Facebook with the goal of curbing conservative thought.
Ann Coulter writes: “The Left controls all the cultural institutions — the establishment media, corporate America, Hollywood, Silicon Valley, public schools and universities. The only breach in their total dominion of the flow of information is the Internet. So now they’re fixated like a laser beam on private citizens talking to one another online. Liberals assessed the situation and correctly concluded: People are learning facts on the Internet that we’ve been withholding from them, so now they don’t agree with us. This must be stopped!”
Letter from Facebook Jail
Facebook community standards are OK with posts expressing the wish to “burn Christians alive.” But they banned a Christian woman for posting Scriptures from Leviticus. The Facebook Community has to be kept safe from little old ladies quoting the Bible. She must be silenced, sent to the Gulag or reeducation camp. She must be punished.
News stories considered too conservative are now routinely removed or suppressed. Pro-life pages and advertisements have been repeatedly censored. Planned Parenthood, even while killing babies and selling their body parts, has never been censored.
Antifa can post encouragement to violence against Trump supporters – not a violation of Facebook standards. ISIS and other Muslim groups can openly promote terror attacks, killing Jews and Christians. No problem. But people have been suspended for posting screenshots of threats made against them. And been suspended for posting screenshots of abuse heaped on them by progressives.
Even NPR has had stories pulled that did not agree with the typical leftist narrative, such as one on the exaggerated number of school shootings (there have been 11, not 235, but you are not allowed to say so).
In 2016, former Facebook employees told of how their former employer routinely – even back then – suppressed stories that might put conservatism in a good light and promoted false stories that further the Democrat narrative. They said Facebook employed young leftists as “news curators” who blackballed the Blaze and Breitbart, among others, ignored certain topics altogether, and made sure everyone saw stories on their newsfeeds that furthered the agenda of the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, they categorize standard, orthodox Christian faith as hate speech.
People have been put in Facebook Jail for using the word ‘tranny,’ for saying “illegal aliens are criminals,” for saying “homosexual behaviors are sinful,” for saying those behaviors are immoral or perverse, and for pointing out the true health hazards of such behaviors. When those same people report being threatened with actual bodily harm, such as rape or murder of them or their family members, they are told it did not violate community standards.
For saying “two men cannot make a real marriage” (as in Holy Matrimony) a man was excommunicated but for saying “All Christians like you ought to be in concentration camps” there was no penalty. One woman was banned for saying “Bruce Jenner is still a man,” which according to his DNA is an absolute unchangeable fact. So the Truth becomes against the law and lies become praised.
Saying, “Only biological males may use the men’s restroom” got a woman imprisoned. But other people made threatening comments filled with expletives towards her, which “did not violate community standards.” Even being pro-police has earned banishment.
Just yesterday, people were banned for referring to the Jussie Smollett case as a hoax hate crime, because saying so “violates community standards.”
Fact Checkers, Fake News, & Shadow Banning
Zuckerberg rates news organizations based on ‘trustworthiness.’ Oddly enough, every left wing outfit, not matter how extreme, is deemed trustworthy and only one conservative company, Fox News, is. I suspect they only threw in Fox News so they could deny picking only progressive news sources. Facebook says they will use these ratings to promote or suppress content. So, the truth is not the truth unless the correct group says it.
Facebook is employing ‘fact-checking’ that only utilizes left-wing fact checkers that studies show are three times as likely to label the SAME NEWS STORY from a conservative source as false. Facebook will then ‘shadow ban’ the article, dropping its viewership by 80%. Even words such as ‘America’ and ‘God’ have triggered shadow banning.
The point to understand is that under the system before President Trump was elected, you more or less decided what you would see based on your own preferences, based on what you click on and ‘liked.’ Now, the powers that be will decide what they want you to see and read.
Shadow banning is where it appears a post is normal but Facebook makes sure no one sees it. For just one example, Prager University had a video that received 80,000 likes the first day and ZERO the next. It was still there. But no one was seeing it, even people who always like the Prager videos and have liked its page.
The most ridiculous thing of all is using the Southern Poverty Law Center to decide who is a hater. Talk about calling the kettle black! Anyone to the right of Josef Stalin is a hater to the SPLC. It itself is an organization that makes a living by hating people. Standard orthodox Christianity is a hate group according to them.
Psychological projection is what comes to Leftists naturally—meaning that they unceasingly attribute their own undesirable feelings and ideas to those they despise. For instance, no one is truly more intolerant than those who make ‘Tolerance’ their byword. No group projects more sheer hatred every day in social media than those who make ‘Hate’ their shibboleth. No one decries ‘people forcing their ideas down my throat’ more than Leftists who do exactly that and are proud of it. No one is more bigoted than those who scream ‘Bigot’ at those with whom they disagree. No one is more racist than those who use the word ‘Racist’ constantly as an insult. Those who demand ‘Diversity’ demand uniformity of thoughts and words.
Bigotry is a negative bias towards people because of the group they belong to and it runs rampant today—bigotry against white men, against Conservatives, and bigotry against Christians, who are constantly demonized as being collectively bad people.
It is not enough to allow Christians to believe as they wish, their views must be annihilated from the face of the earth; they must be made to renounce their most sacred convictions. People with power are using their authority to silence, intimidate, punish, or criminalize those who hold differing views on sexual perversions, for instance.
No allowance is made for the fact that people may hold different opinions without hating anybody. The whole thing is Orwellian NewSpeak and DoubleThink. The Left must be intolerant for the sake of tolerance; treat people unequally for the sake of equality; and hate on people to ‘stop hatred.’
Young people are being taught to confuse feelings with virtue. What is good and bad behavior is not based on how you ‘feel’ about something but on whether the consequences of doing it are good or bad.
The Left is not reaching out to persuade others. They are mobilizing a mob mentality, tapping into the most base of emotions, the most animalistic of passions, to gear people up to hate others to gain power over them. They make war on reality itself, war against nature, wisdom, morality, and knowledge. The Left hates the traditional family and wants it destroyed. They hate the Rule of Law. They hate the Truth.
But I don’t hate them. Nor do I want them censored or silenced. In spite of their dangerous and wicked views I believe they should be free to say and write them.
Is There a Solution?
Now, some people say, “If you don’t like being censored just quit Facebook.” And some say, “If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one”; “If you don’t like murder, don’t kill anyone”; “if you don’t like rape, don’t rape anyone.” It is not that simple. Most all of your family and friends are on there. Most businesses must have a page on Facebook. 32% of conservatives have quit Facebook or are considering it.
Facebook thinks it should dictate your preferences and values and attitudes. It believes it should silence dissent from its atheistic, socialistic, open borders, globalist New World Order. Not to win a competition of ideas but to stop opposing ideas from being said, written, read, or thought.
How about we have fairness and justice? How about we stop calling every conservative comment ‘divisive’? How many times have you seen that adjective applied to a progressive comment or article, no matter how abrasive?
If I may quote Amalric de Droevig: “True democratic choice depends upon the free flow of information and ideas. Censorship is always and everywhere an attack on both human dignity and democracy itself. If you are not exposed to different ideas, even wrong ideas, even stupid ideas, you’re not really free to choose your own destiny as an individual or as a people.”